Metaphysics: Concept and Problems

Metaphysics: Concept and Problems

Rolf Tiedemann

This quantity makes to be had in English for the 1st time Adorno's lectures on metaphysics. It presents a special creation not just to metaphysics but additionally to Adorno's personal highbrow perspective, as constructed in his significant paintings Negative Dialectics.

Metaphysics for Adorno is outlined by way of a vital rigidity among strategies and rapid proof. Adorno strains this dualism again to Aristotle, whom he sees because the founding father of metaphysics. In Aristotle it seems that as an unresolved rigidity among shape and topic. This simple break up, in Adorno's interpretation, runs all the way through the background of metaphysics. maybe now not unusually, Adorno reveals this rigidity resolved within the Hegelian dialectic.

Underlying this dualism is one more dichotomy, which Adorno sees as necessary to metaphysics: whereas it dissolves trust in transcendental worlds by way of notion, while it seeks to rescue trust in a truth past the empirical, back by means of suggestion. it really is to this profound ambiguity, for Adorno, that the metaphysical culture owes its greatness.

The significant a part of those lectures, given through Adorno overdue in his lifestyles, is dedicated to a severe exposition of Aristotle's idea, concentrating on its crucial ambiguities. within the final lectures, Adorno's cognizance switches to the query of the relevance of metaphysics this present day, really after the Holocaust. He unearths in metaphysical stories, which go beyond rational discourse with out lapsing into irrationalism, a final precarious safe haven of the humane fact to which his personal suggestion consistently aspired.

This quantity can be crucial examining for an individual drawn to Adorno's paintings and should be a important textual content for college kids and students of philosophy and social theory.

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